Bushwalking & Hiking

Numerous short walks around Bright and district take you along peaceful riversides or test the heart just a little to get you to the surrounding lookouts. The history of the area is evident on many walks and there are interpretive signs on several. A special feature of the district is it’s many creeks and rivers. Snow-fed rivers tumble down from the alpine region and flow through the Ovens Valley on their way to the Murray River. Many of the trails in the area allow walkers to experience the sight and sounds of the valley’s ever changing waterways.

These rivers and foothills forest walks provide a completely different landscape and experience to the walks in the nearby Alpine and Mount Buffalo National Parks. Take some short walks in both areas to sample the natural wonders of the mountains and the valley.

Bright’s most popular walk takes you past a small canyon carved by the Ovens River and amazing water races carved by the hands of early miners. Enjoy the ever changing river in all seasons and watch for birdlife and wildflowers especially in spring. Interpretive signs explain the history of the gold mining along the river.

Stroll along the banks of the now picturesque Ovens River and reflect in it’s past. Once a hectic noisy scene of gold digging and dredging, it is now a place for relaxation and quiet strolls.

Explore the quiet reaches of Morses Creek between the caravan park and Dougherty Bridge. The Mines Department Battery near Dougherty Bright was built as recently as 1956. This five head stamp battery provided quartz crushing facilities for gold prospectors until it closed in 1994. The battery and forge is opened for viewing during festival and school holidays.

Walk from Bright to Wandiligong along picturesque Morses Creek. As you saunter up and down the old dredgings and past little rocky gorges, rapids and quiet secluded holes, contemplate how important the local creeks and rivers have been and continue to be to the region. Native eucalypts shade much of the track. You can also drive to the small car park at Dougherty Bridge on Coronation Ave and start your walk there.

Stroll around one or both of these reservoirs. The first dam was built in 1892 and the second in 1916 to provide a permanent supply of water to the town, railway station and trains. The reservoirs no longer provide water to Bright but they do offer a peaceful place for walking. Enjoy watching and listening for wildlife in the former reservoirs, now home to platypus, tortoise, fish, frogs and yabbies. Try your luck at catching a trout. Lots of fungi grow among the leaf litter in autumn. Try a spotlight walk here at night.

A walk to a beautiful view of the Ovens Valley, though eucalypt forest.

A walk with a steep short climb to 460metres above sea level overlooking the town.

A steady climb from Mt Porepunkah Road which rewards you with views of Mt Feathertop, Mt Fainter and Mt Bogong, the highest peak in Victoria. Click here for a map.